Tuesday, February 24, 2015

The Secret of Pembrooke Park by Julie Klassen

The Secret of Pembrooke Park
by Julie Klassen

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Published: December 2014
Publisher: Bethany House Publishers
Genre: Christian, Historical, Jane Austen theme, Romance
Paperback: 464 pages
Rating: 4.5

In the spring of 1818, twenty-four-year-old Abigail Foster fears she is destined to become a spinster. Her family’s finances are in ruins and the one young man she truly esteems has fallen for another woman — her younger, prettier sister Louisa.

Forced to retrench after the bank failure of Austen, Gray & Vincent, the Foster family optimistically pool their resources for another London Season for her sister in hopes of an advantageous alliance. While searching for more affordable lodgings, a surprising offer is presented: the use of a country manor house in Berkshire abandoned for eighteen years. The Fosters journey to the imposing Pembrooke Park and are startled to find it entombed as it was abruptly left, the tight-lipped locals offering only rumors of a secret room, hidden treasure and a murder in its mysterious past.

Eager to restore her family fortune, Abigail, with the help of the handsome local curate William Chapman and his sister Leah, begins her search into the heavily veiled past aided by unsigned journal pages from a previous resident and her own spirited determination. As old friends and new foes come calling at Pembrooke Park, secrets come to light. Will Abigail find the treasure and love she seeks...or very real danger?


My two-bits:

I found this to be a delightful read that had both a Jane Austen and gothic vibe throughout.

Although the mystery of uncovering the "secret" runs through most of the book, it was fun to follow the main character, Abigail, go about daily living in her world. Abigail's interest in architecture and home design got me interested in floor plans and layouts of large homes and estates. Secret rooms, passages, etc are fascinating gems in a house.

And, I was treated to a masquerade ball with its dancing, etiquette and interactions in this story.

The romance of flirting and courting is genteel and proper for the time period which create some sweet moments. It was good to see that even though Abigail is in her twenties, she is still sought out as a potential partner.

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  1. This was a great read. I appreciate your review!!!

  2. I enjoyed your review. Julie is a new-to-me author. I am looking forward to reading THE SECRET OF PEMBROOKE PARK.

  3. Thanks for your review and for participating in the tour, Vvb. I appreciate it!

  4. I am so excited to read this book! I cannot wait to see who wins the prizes either!

  5. Thank you for sharing your review with us! I truly enjoyed reading it and visiting your lovely blog. ~ Blessings, Juli

  6. That was a great review, I really enjoyed reading it!

  7. I LOVE your review! Sometimes reviews are too long or they just repeat the book description, but yours gives enough of the book's highlights and things you enjoyed to be enjoyable to the reader! If I hadn't already read the book you would have made me want to read it all the more! :)

    Sincerely, Amada (pronounced: a.m.a.th.a)

  8. Great review. I didn't realize we'd get treated to a ball, too! ;)

  9. Wasn't this such a fun read? Secret is a great book that I'd recommend to anyone who loves Jane Austen.


  10. I loved this one too for many of the same things. I totally want to go visit a really old house and poke around for secret passages now. ;)

  11. I'm having such fun reading the posts on this blog tour!

  12. I love Julie Klassen's books. I can't wait to read this one!

  13. Ahh yes, the masquerade balls of that time! I love it when an author (such a Julie) includes those or the debutante dances. Such charm & etiquette & genteel courting...I wished we still had those in our times! Too many of our young people rush a relationship & don't want to or care to take the time to get to know one another. Such a shame!
    I've really been enjoying our blog stops on this tour. Thank you for the review vvb, you gave just enough of a glimpse into this book. I'm already a huge Julie Klassen fan & can't wait for this book!

  14. You hit upon one of the reasons I enjoyed this book- it's a perfect blend of daily life as well as an intriguing mystery.

  15. The mystery and romance of this book appeal to me. I really enjoy Julie's books.

  16. This sounds like a great book, and the book trailer has me intrigued!

  17. Oh I love all her books! Can't wait to read this one!
    Dezi A

  18. Loved the book and the blog tour!

  19. I'm so excited about the blog tour! Julie Klassen is one of my all-time favorites!

  20. Absolutely love anything with Masquerades! One of my favorite scenes in the book.

  21. Sounds Like a book I would love to read.

  22. Just finished this novel the other day!!! Thanks Julie for another great read!! Also, thank you for another wonderful book reivew as part of the blog tour!

  23. this sounds like a wonderful book. love the cover

  24. Can't wait to read it as I love Julie's books. . . How fun that there is a trailer for the book too!

  25. love the rich historical details you've mentioned - a young woman pursuing architecture would not have been common!
    and the masquerade ball etiquette and dances sound a delight - thanks for posting this newest of Julie's writing.


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